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Week 3 #SmartSummer Linky: Backyard Science + Government Week Round-Up

Show us how you’re having a Smart Summer in your own backyard!

This week’s prize is from one of my favorite fair-trade, eco-friendly kids’ toys boutiques. Our theme for this week was Backyard Science…and we had lots of fun exploring in our own backyard!  I can’t wait to hear what you have been doing to find the learning opportunities in the everyday.

I had highlighted posts from the previous week’s linky to but for clarity’s sake, I’ve moved the round-ups to their own posts:

Share YOUR Week 3 Links!

We’d love for you to share your ideas–you can add a link to a post on your blog or even a photo set on Flickr or any types of publicly viewable “journal” entry on a social media or community site.

Not a blogger? If you do not have access to posting entries on any public site, you can also leave a comment on this post, sharing the learning opportunities you incorporated into your week with your children.

Your post (or comment) can be something from your archives that speaks to our theme for the week (Backyard Science) OR it can just be a general post about how you are fitting fun learning into your summer activities. You can find our weekly themes on our calendar of ideas but ANY learning activities, big or small, are welcomed!

Just add your link(s) (as many relevant links as you would like) to a specific post or page (i.e. NOT to the link widget below.


This week’s prize  is a $150 credit to Rosie Hippo:

At Rosie Hippo, you will find beautifully handcrafted wooden toys, toys made from organic fabrics, toys from individuals, companies, villages and cooperatives around the world, and books and games that stimulate creativity and independent thought. We offer toys that will evoke a sense of fun, curiosity and wonder for that special little one in your life. And all of our toys are produced under conditions that are fair to workers and kind to our environment. Kim Bloom runs Rosie Hippo, inspired by her successful battle with cancer, her son Ethan’s delightful curiosity, and her interest in child development. Read more of her ideas on her blog.

If I had a$150 gift credit to Rosie Hippo, I know I would have a great time shopping their lovely selection of toys! We already own a bunch of their wonderful educational toys, like the Animal Memo Game, Sun Moon Star Drum,  or Hug a Planet, which I might pick up as presents for friends. Or check out these gorgeous wooden mobiles.

For my own kids, I would be tempted by the Dragon Counting Game or Pirate Arithmetics, these gorgeous wooden animals (my son would flip over the dinosaurs), this cute sorting bus, the stitching squirrel, the racing team truck…the list goes on and on!

Official Rules
The linky and giveaway closes at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, July 21…and then we’ll see you back Friday morning for more fun! You may enter as many links as you wish and each will count as an entry. Comment entries are limited to one per person, per site (total of three (3) possible comment entries). US Shipping only for prizes, due to sponsor requests, but international friends are still encouraged to play and add their links! Winner will be chosen at random from valid entries.

You retain the rights to all entries but grant us permission to share your links along with a short excerpt and thumbnail image.

We reserve the right to disqualify entries at our sole discretion and change the rules or prizes without notification beyond updating the page.

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We’d love you to help spread the word–please feel free to link back and/or grab the code for the button below. And don’t forget to visit us on Facebook where we are sharing some more ideas from the community! Feel free to also post photos, questions, and ideas on the Facebook page, too:

Thank you for taking the Smart Summer Challenge!

Your hostesses,

Candace at, Amy at, MaryLea at PinkAndGreenMama

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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15 Responses to "Week 3 #SmartSummer Linky: Backyard Science + Government Week Round-Up"

  1. Anya Novak says:

    I wish I had a blog so I could link up to my pics! For this week, my 3-year old son and I checked out a book about gardening from our local library. We learned about the parts of a plant and the plant life process. We spent a lot of time in our backyard garden (where we recently planted some veggie seeds), and found some sprouts where we had scattered the seeds before! He discovered a mystery plant growing rapidly in the corner of the garden, and we went on the internet to find out that it was a sunflower plant, which (after some sleuthing and detective work) we found must have come from a seed that made its way over from the nearby birdfeeder we keep in our backyard! The whole experience turned out to be a good exercise in deduction and logical thinking. If only my son were old enough to appreciate Sherlock Holmes!

  2. Candace says:

    Anya: you can add pics on our Facebook page (or Flickr) and add that URL to the link widget!

  3. Anya Novak says:

    Wonderful, thanks!

  4. lace says:

    This week we’ve learned about circles and how our bodies move. We made hula hoops and have been enjoying learning how to move our bodies to make them work. we’ve also enjoyed learning how we can make them move by pushing them and rolling them. Different sizes of hoops require different amounts of force.

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  7. Leslie S. says:

    This week the older kids learned about chemical reactions while the youngest ones went on a scavenger shape hunt.We made a volcano out of clay and then had it erupt.I home school all 4 of my kids so everyday we learn something even if we have fun doing it.Thanks!

  8. angieboss says:

    We love collected rocks, leaves, flowers and fun nature shapes, laying them on a brightly colored tee shirt, anchoring them with rocks as needed, then spraying with a diluted bleach solution outside. Leave to dry outside for a fun custom-made tee – especially cool if taken from a special place.

  9. Anya Novak says:

    My 3-year old is still on an “America” kick, and I’m milking it as long as he’s into it! We made lemonade from scratch (I’m a big fan of the educational value of following a simple kitchen recipe), and made our own family flag while it chilled in the fridge. Here’s the link to my FB album!

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